Arthur Ashe

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe Full Name: Arthur Ashe


Profession: Tennis Player
Why Famous: Arthur Ashe was ranked number one in the world and won three Grand Slam titles. An African American, he was the first black player ever selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open.

He is thus considered to be one of the best tennis players in history from the United States.

Born: July 10, 1943
Star Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, USA

Died: February 6, 1993 (aged 49)
Cause of Death: AIDS-related pneumonia

Married Life

  • 1977-02-20 World No. 1 tennis player Arthur Ashe (33) weds photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy in New York City

Historical Events in the Life of Arthur Ashe

  • 1963-08-01 Arthur Ashe becomes first African-American tennis player to be named in the US Davis Cup team
  • 1966-01-31 54th Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Arthur Ashe (6-4, 6-8, 6-2, 6-3)
  • 1967-01-30 55th Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Arthur Ashe (6-4, 6-1, 6-4)
  • 1968-08-25 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st African American to win the US singles championship
  • 1968-09-08 1st official (88th overall) U.S. Open (formerly known as U.S National Championships): Arthur Ashe beats Tom Okker (14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3)
  • 1968-12-12 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis
  • 1970-01-27 58th Men's Australian Open: Arthur Ashe beats Dick Crealy (6-4, 9-7, 6-2)
  • 1971-03-14 59th Men's Australian Open: Ken Rosewall beats Arthur Ashe (6-1, 7-5, 6-3)
  • 1972-09-10 92nd Men's U.S. Open: Ilie Năstase beats Arthur Ashe (3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3)
  • 1975-07-05 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Arthur Ashe becomes first African-American to win Wimbledon, beats Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
  • 1980-04-16 Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis
  • 1983-06-21 Tennis ace Arthur Ashe undergoes double bypass heart surgery
  • 1985-03-21 Arthur Ashe is nominated for the Internatinal Tennis Hall of Fame
  • 1992-12-15 Arthur Ashe is named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year

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